Genuine and experienced english lyricist, producer and composer who divides his time between London and France. A songwriter who specialises in lyrics and vocal arrangement - let me write something beautiful for your song! I also work with French and Spanish speaking artists.
I offer a range of services from writing lyrics and topline melody through to rich vocal/string arrangement and full song production. Either way I have the tools to make your song or production sound better!
As an Englishman who speaks french and spanish, I offer a unique service to speakers of those languages who wish to record and release their music in english, verifying, editing, translating or even co-writing your lyrics in english. Drop me a line for more details!
I work from a home studio equipped with Logic X and am an Apple accredited Master Pro. I'd say I'm successful because I possess a healthy blend of artistry & creativity, while also being a bit of a perfectionist and embracing the technical sides of harmony, arrangement and production.
However the main reason I continue to find work is that I'm friendly, courteous and considerate. I have the technical expertise and musical knowledge but also the personal skills to build lasting relationships with clients who return to me time and again. Speaking three languages has definitely helped me find a niche as well!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Arron is a super talented producer/writer. The song came out very beautifully!
Awesome working with Arron!! Would recommend him to anyone!
The most professional guy in the business! A fantastic lyricist with a great turn of phrase. Hard working and always keeps his clients happy.
Interview with Arron Storey
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote a song called 'Smile' after travelling in Africa. It was deeply personal; sparse and quite beautiful if I'm honest. It evolved over a number of months until it featured a full band and even a choir at the end. Thankfully much of a recording process was filmed and I was able to put together a music video to accompany the song. I've picked this song above all others because not only did I write and perform the song, but then conducted the choir and mixed and produced before helping with the video. Seeing that all come together was a proud moment.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jack Hardman is a talented composer and producer - we've worked together often over the years.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital generally. For someone who is on the move a lot, recording and mixing 'in the box' makes life a lot easier, and if you spend a few quid on some decent plug-ins there's no excuse not to sound good now.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Writing simple lyrics is a simple process. Writing a killer line for a house track for example - saying something cool in only a few words is sometimes more difficult than telling a full story!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: 1. Speak to a few people to get a feel for the person you're working with. 2. Call me!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Pen &paper. My Crafter acoustic guitar. My ukulele in case a get any unexpected visitors. My mac with a copy of Pet Sounds for me to transcribe and listen to.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off as a freelance guitarist soon after graduating from music college in London, 2002. I've played guitar, piano and bass in a number of bands/projects and played all over the UK as well as the US, Europe and Africa. Once I started working in recording studios I took a real interest in the production side of things so after absorbing a lot from a number of talented producers, decided to buy some gear, study hard and get on with doing it myself! A few years ago I decided to learn french and then spanish before relocating to Toulouse to really focus on composing and writing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm fascinated by harmony and I love the sound of lots of voices so much of what I do ends up with a nice vocal arrangement. As a composer/lyricist I aim to write music with colour and texture, and an arrangement that evolves and breathes. The music should enhance the message of the words.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, rock, soul and sometimes classical. A lot of acoustic stuff.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a musician first and foremost - I love and absorb music, and that informs all decisions I make whatever I'm working on. If you want to play guitar (like I did in college) then know your history - the real players, movers and shakers. Leave no stone unturned.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An arranger's ear - a sense of growth and development from start to finish, whether that's in the story it tells, or the textures it moves through as it builds and evolves. If I'm writing the lyrics, I like to think I have a knack of enhancing that story through the relationship between the words and melody. Sad words can sound REALLY sad with the right melody.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm very studious so am happy to put the background work in first, so once the job starts it runs smoothly. If I'm writing words I'll either sit on my balcony or bed, sketch something out and then move onto the piano to fix the melody. If I'm putting together a vocal arrangement I'll sit at the piano with manuscript paper and literally sketch it out before moving onto the Mac.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Those who even after achieving success, continue to evolve, become better musicians and extend their boundaries. Miles Davis had the musicality and artistry, but was also always one step ahead of the pack. They get stick from certain quarters, but every single Coldplay album has had a different sound to its predecessor as well and I like that.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Putting your hard work in the hands of a stranger can be difficult. You've taken it so far and then you have to relinquish control right near the end. I know how that feels, so I promise to make that process as stress-free as possible, and devote as much care and attention to your art as you feel it deserves.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that my working week can be a real mixed bag, and that depending on what I'm working on, I can be expanding my musical/engineering skills in any number of directions. Sometimes I won't touch my guitar for a couple of weeks so it will then be a real treat when I get booked to play, even at a wedding!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: More often than not, people's biggest concerns are time frame and cost. If those two things are met then generally people are happy to proceed. With the internet and word of mouth, people generally have a pretty good idea of your credentials even before they've contacted you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are their expectations I guess. It's usually a fairly natural conversation once you're both singing from the same page.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dead - Claude Debussy. I don't think anyone has ever had such an individual and important philosophy towards composition and music. He had no boundaries. Alive - Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin's records sound as fresh and vibrant today as they did the day they were recorded. How did he do that?!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: From a mixing point of view, take the time to learn the audio spectrum - what different frequencies sound like on different instruments. It makes cleaning up (or dirtying up) a mix a lot less stressful and more enjoyable. Your EQ is your most important tool.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's simple but comfortable and effective. It's a nice space with quality components. A range of mics, top guitars and a piano. Two MacBook Pros with NI plug-ins - all run through nice warm Focusrite preamps. There's always a coffee or tea on the go!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A mixed bag! Composing songs, lyrics and vocal arrangements. But I still get a bit of session guitar work and mixing /producing are all common. Still a lot of live work as well.